Allison Stielau

Postdoctoral Fellow, Early Modern Conversions Project

McGill University

Allison Stielau is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Early Modern Conversions Project at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas. Her focus of study is early modern object cultures in Northern Europe, c. 1400–1700. She received her PhD in the History of Art from Yale University in December 2015. Her dissertation, “The Unmaking of Metalwork in Early Modern Europe: Events of Liquidation, 1527–1636,” concerns the transformation of precious metalwork in contexts of confessional change, war, and fiscal crisis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale and a master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center and was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute in 2014–2015. Allison has published articles on leather étuis, fifteenth-century engravings of metalwork, and, most recently, on weight as a category of historical and art historical evidence. Her current work extends the interests of her dissertation to other realms of metallic transformation, from the representation of Ovidian metamorphosis on seventeenth-century silver vessels, to the conversion of coins into printed illustrations.